The temperatures are finally starting to rise in Western Massachusetts, which means there will be more motorcyclists are hitting the road. The number of deaths on motorcycles is about 37 times more than cars. This number is alarming and it is important to take caution as not only a rider but also someone who is sharing the road with a rider. Many people don’t think to look for motorcycles while they are driving, unless they own a bike themselves. Check out these safety tips for passenger vehicles and riders.
Safety tips for passenger vehicles:
• Watch for motorcycles by checking blind spots before changing lanes.
• Look twice at intersections before pulling onto traffic- bikes can come up fast, so by looking once you may miss it.
• Make sure to leave enough space between you and the motorcyclists to avoid collision during sudden stops- minimum of 3 seconds of following distance.
• Share the road- motorcyclists are allowed a full lane for themselves.
• Slow down and use extra caution if there is bad weather.
Safety tips for motorcycle riders:
• Always be aware of other vehicles
• Remain aware of any road hazards that may cause problems- pot holes, poor road conditions, construction etc.
• Make sure to leave enough space between you and the vehicle to avoid collision during sudden stops- minimum of 3 seconds of following distance.
• Use signals when turning- use extra caution when turning left.
• Remain visible by wearing bright clothing or using reflective tape, and using your headlights at night.
• Try to avoid riding in other peoples blind spots
• Wear protective clothing- long sleeve shirts, jackets, pants, sneakers and most importantly a helmet.
Just a reminder…Guest coverage for riders is important to have for injury to passengers, med pay very important coverage for any medical expenses as a result of injury caused from accident. A rider safety course is good to take; you can also get credit on your insurance for taking it!